Do you know what GNL Locker Ransomware is?
GNL Locker Ransomware is a new computer threat that encrypts personal files soon after it enters the system. You can be sure that your system is infected with this ransomware if all the files you store on your PC now contain the .locked filename extension, and you cannot open any of them. If you pay more attention to details, you will also notice new files placed on your Desktop and other main directories. Last but not least, the picture you set as your background will be changed without your permission. If you are now sure that GNL Locker Ransomware has sneaked onto your system, you need to erase it immediately if you do not want it to encrypt your new personal files. Unfortunately, your personal files will stay locked even if you delete the threat. Luckily, users who have copies of their major files can easily restore them. We will elaborate on that in the following paragraphs of this report. You will also know how this ransomware infection acts and what to expect from it if you read the article from beginning till end.
All ransomware infections act in a similar manner. Therefore, we have not found it surprising at all that GNL Locker Ransomware also locks all the files and then asks to pay a ransom. After this threat finishes encrypting files, it creates the UNLOCK_FILES_INSTRUCTIONS.txt file with instructions. You will find copies of this file in all the popular directories on your PC because this threat wants to make sure that users know what they have to do. The threat will also set UNLOCK_FILES_INSTRUCTIONS.png image as Desktop wallpaper. All these files contain texts informing users what has happened to their files and how to gain access to them again:
Your files are locked / encrypted You can unlock you files by paying requested amount! (~$/€250)
All you important files are encrypted using an unique 32 characters AES-256 password. (it will take a computer over a billion years to crack this password)
Lucky for you it is possible to get all your files back!
In order to unlock your files you will have to purchase the private password for this computer.
Actually, specialists have noticed that the amount of the ransom that has to be paid for the “private password” might vary, for example, users might be asked to pay $190 too. Unfortunately, it is also said that the sum they are asked to pay might triple if they do not make a payment shortly. Cyber criminals seek to make users pay money as soon as possible; however, you should know that security specialists do not recommend doing that even though it seems at first that it is the easiest and quickest way to unlock all the important files. Users who are not going to pay a ransom should try to recover files from a backup (of course, if they have one), or they can try to download a free decryption tool from the web. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that the free decryptor will work because GNL Locker Ransomware uses the strong encryption algorithm AES-256.
As there are so many ransomware infections on the web these days, it is good to know how these infections are distributed in order to prevent them from slithering onto the computer. According to our security experts who have tested this infection, ransomware tends to enter systems when users open infected email attachments. Cyber criminals seek to trick users into believing that these attachments are sent, for example, by shipping companies, so it is not surprising that emails containing such attachments have a decent-looking subject line. Furthermore, specialists also say that ransomware might sneak onto computers if users visit malicious websites.
If GNL Locker Ransomware somehow managed to enter your computer as well, it is a must to eliminate it ASAP. Even though it is a serious threat, it will not be a very hard task to get rid of this infection. Of course, inexperienced users will not be able to erase this threat themselves. In case our manual removal instructions do not help you to erase GNL Locker Ransomware, scan your computer with SpyHunter. You will be able to download this scanner freely because this ransomware does not block .exe files like other similar threats.
Delete GNL Locker Ransomware
- Go to the Windows Explorer (Windows key + E).
- Enter %APPDATA%\Roaming in the address bar.
- Find .bat files, e.g. freepalistine.bat and remove them.
- Empty the Recycle bin.
In non-techie terms:
After you implement the GNL Locker Ransomware removal, you will also have to remove .txt files the ransomware infection has created and change your Wallpaper in order to fully get rid of this threat. It is also advisable to scan the system with the diagnostic scanner in order to find out whether the system is really clean. You can download the free SpyHunter diagnostic scanner from our website.